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Education Development Trust Celebrates Success of Girls Education Project in Kenya

Education Development Trust (EDT) is announcing a celebratory event to showcase the
achievements of its girls education project in Kenya, Wasichana Wetu Wafaulu (Let Our
Girls Succeed). The project, implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Education,
Ministry of Health, and the Teacher Service Commission, has been instrumental in
improving education outcomes for girls in some of Kenya’s most vulnerable
Implemented for 10 years and supported by the UK Aid , the Girls Education Challenge
(GEC) programme reached over 160,000 girls in eight counties, including the arid and
semi-arid lands, and urban slum environments – Turkana, Marsabit, Samburu, Kilifi,
Kwale, Tanariver, Nairobi and Mombasa.
The celebratory event will take place on April 26, 2023, attended by various sector
stakeholders including government ministries, funders, partners, and beneficiaries to
celebrate impact, discuss project learning and identify recommendations about how
to sustain and scale such work across Kenya.
During the event, participants will learn that:
▪ The project has been able to reach over 160,000 girls in eight counties across
over 610 schools, representing the arid and semi-arid lands and urban slum
▪ It has taken a holistic gender-responsive approach, working at the level of the
school, the home, the community and directly with girls themselves.
▪ It has also trained over 6,000 teachers, over 520 headteachers and nearly 1000
government staff working at county and sub-county levels, using a powerful
teacher coaching model for gender responsive pedagogy.
▪ As a result, the project has improved transition for girls from primary to
secondary, from 74% to 96%.
▪ It has also improved academic performance for girls, with an average increase
of 11% for literacy and 12% for numeracy

▪ It has helped shift perceptions of girls’ towards studying TVET and STEM subjects,
with a twofold increase in the number of girls saying they would like to pursue a
career in STEM and supported to transition to TVET.
▪ The project has also worked closely with the MoE and TSC to support stronger
policies to strengthen education outcomes for girls, and also boys, in the hardest
to reach areas.
“Being the only female electrician in the remote Wamba town, I am talk of the town.
…I will forever truly remain grateful to the project for changing my life when I almost
lost hope. I will continue working hard, motivating other girls to join TVETs as well. My
parents were also very happy for me.”
TVET Girl Graduate
EDT is incredibly proud of the success of the Wasichana Wetu Wafaulu project, which
has helped create better opportunities for girls in Kenya barriers to success. EDT
maintains its commitment to supporting education for all children in Kenya, including
girls, through its ongoing partnership with the MoE and other key education

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